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Real-life experiences about caring!

From care worker to training manager in just a few years

Becky is Candlelight Care’s training manager and is responsible for a team of staff. Despite not joining the care industry until her mid-twenties, she soon realised it was where she wanted to be and she set her sights on rapid and successful career progression.

Why the care industry?

I had never considered a role in care until my Grandmother suggested I give it a go. I was living in Berkshire at the time and initially got my first job as a care and support worker. I loved the work and was keen to develop a career in care, so I worked hard and was soon promoted to a supervisory role and then became the manager of a residential home.

“I’d never thought about working in care until my Nan suggested it. But once I’d begun, I was hooked!”

Why Candlelight Care?

When I moved to Somerset in 2003 I contacted Candlelight Care because I wanted to continue working in care and I joined them initially as a Care and Support Worker.  My manager was very supportive and encouraged me to take some qualifications so that I could progress my career.  I completed an NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care the following year and, over the next few years, was promoted to Initial Response Worker and completed my NVQ Levels 3 and 4. In 2006 I was offered the Deputy Training Manager role in the company’s training department, which opened up a whole new career for me. 

“The support and encouragement Candlelight Care gave me meant I was able to achieve more than I ever thought possible and it allowed me to discover training, which is an area I love working in so much.”

Being a training manager

I love my job and I am passionate about the need for high quality, innovative and inspirational training courses to enable our staff deliver the high quality of care that our valued clients deserve. It gives me great personal satisfaction to encourage our staff and help them recognise their individual skills and abilities, just as someone did for me. 

In addition to my busy role, I still continue with my own professional development and recently completed my Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services. 


A career in care can be really rewarding. If you think you've got what it takes to support people through homecare, and you live in or around Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire or East Sussex, contact your nearest branch to find out about available opportunities.

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